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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Academic Programs

william f. connell school of nursing

As a student at Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing, you will gain the skills, knowledge, and perspective necessary to join a vibrant community of nursing leaders. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of all students, from those who have been nurses for several decades to those who are just beginning to consider a career in nursing.

Erin Kesler

Undergraduate Program

Our bachelor of science degree is designed for traditional full-time students. The bachelor's degree takes four years of study to complete, and transfer students are considered. 

Connell School students are first and foremost members of the greater Boston College community. While studying to become nurses, they receive an exceptionally diverse liberal arts education and are immersed in a campus culture that emphasizes a commitment to social justice and a responsibility to make the world a better place.

Uy Dam

Master's, post-master's, and direct master's entry programs

These programs are designed for individuals who are looking for a pathway to advanced nursing practice as a nurse practitioner (NP), clinical nurse specialist (CNS), or nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Programs are available for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including RNs with or without a bachelor's degree, nurses who already have a master's degree and are interested in further study, and non-nurses with a bachelor’s degree in another field who are interested in entering nursing and becoming advanced practice nurses (NPs or CNSs). 

Eileen Searle

Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. program is designed for nurses who seek to advance the science of nursing through research and scholarly inquiry. Graduates pursue careers in research, nursing education and leadership. Individuals with a master’s degree in nursing or a related field are eligible for the Ph.D. program. Outstanding students with a baccalaureate degree in nursing may be considered for acceptance into a joint M.S./Ph.D. program of study.